Halloween brings 30,000 to Franklin Street

From staff reportsNovember 1, 2013 

— Halloween on Franklin Street drew a crowd of approximately 30,000 people.

The streets were cleared of people at 11:45 p.m. and opened to traffic around 12:45 a.m. after being cleaned by town crews.

No arrests were made in the closed area, according to police.

Orange County Emergency Medical Services responded to 15 calls related to alcohol intoxication. Seven of those treated were transported to UNC Hospitals for further evaluation.

Though the crowd was bigger than last year, the number of revelers has dropped from crowds that regularly topped 50,000 in years past as police and other town departments have begun to close roads into downtown and worked to control crowd size.

“We are achieving our public safety goals, as the number of emergency medical service calls (alcohol-related) dropped from 40 in 2006 to four in 2012,” town spokeswoman Catherine Lazorko said.

Chapel Hill News is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service